The Owl

The Owl

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
237 Cirencester Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 8EB
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The Owl has taken flight in a new direction this year, successfully rebranding itself as a speciality seafood restaurant. The owners have created a stylish, elegant interior with every understated element combining to provide a comfortable, relaxing environment. Over 20 years of experience in the industry has taught manager Spike to assemble a formidable team behind him, a principle reflected in the warmth and efficiency of the staff. There is a well-stocked bar including four real ales, and Spike makes a point of utilising local suppliers with Cheltenham's own Battledown Brewery is on his list.

Chef Jean Vinceneux draws on culinary elements from Europe and the Far East to create his own unique menu; his insistence on the best suppliers ensures he has the finest ingredients to work his magic with. Jean is genuinely passionate about his art, projecting great intelligence and modesty as he describes the ethos behind his self-evident expertise.

My companion tried the grilled king prawns with bean sprouts, salad and lime chilli dressing from the specials board (£9.95), and although tempted by the stuffed baby squid with tomato and kidney bean sauce, I opted for the Cajun salmon with Parisienne vegetables from the main menu (£16.90). The salmon was a delight, its darkly spicy exterior contrasted perfectly with the succulent flakes within. If it was hard to select a main course, it was almost impossible to choose a dessert, but it became my companion's happy task to take on the banoffee pie (£5), and mine the hand-made, dark chocolate truffles (£6.50).

There's a comprehensive wine list, which includes plenty of good, crisp whites to complement the Owl's speciality dishes. But don't be put off if seafood isn't your bag. Plenty of other choices are available, including rabbit with mixed vegetables, pheasant with gherkin and mustard sauce, and vegetarian options. The Owl also has a function room that can cater for 150 people - worth remembering if there's a large-scale celebration on the cards. To sum up, this really is a dining experience to be savoured. Seriously, what are you waiting for?
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Open: Mon 5pm-11.30pm (bar only); Tues-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-4pm Web (Website under construction)

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